Friday, 21 March 2014

Gameweek 31 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- Suarez is once again proving why he is fantasy king this season. With two double digit hauls in his last 2 games, he is the no-brainer standout captain for the double gameweek. The never-ending debate between Suarez and Sturridge continues, with Sturridge obtaining double digit scores in weeks 26+27, and Suarez obtaining hauls in 28+30. With two tasty fixtures against struggling Sunderland and Cardiff, Suarez will certainly be involved in the goals for Liverpool.

For those chasing in their mini-leagues and trying to claw back some points, this is the week. One of the three options below are very capable of double digit hauls, and as anything can happen in double gameweeks, this week may prove to be a crucial week to get the captaincy right.

Daniel Sturridge- With Sturridge seemingly keeping pace with his striking counterpart over the past 10 weeks or so, many may look to him as a massive captaincy differential. Liverpool are so free scoring at the moment that anybody on the pitch can score for them- especially SAS. With Suarez feeding him and vise versa, Sturridge is just as likely to obtain a huge haul as Suarez. He is a great option for the armband this week.

Wayne Rooney- We all know how crucial Rooney is to United's success, as he is their talisman play-maker. With recent news ruling RVP out for 4-6 weeks, it leaves the window open for Rooney to take the reigns. When RVP was out earlier this season, Rooney lead United brilliantly, obtaining 4 double digit hauls in a 10 week span. With the Dutchman out it also means Rooney regains PK duties, as well as almost all set pieces. We all know how much Rooney loves the Manchester derby, and with one of his 2 games this week coming at home to Manchester City, Rooney could be a great differential for the armband.

Romelu Lukaku- Lukaku is a very streaky player, but on his day we have all see what he is capable of. He has two tasty fixtures this DGW, home to Swansea, and away to Newcastle (where he got his 16 point haul with 2g, 1a and 3 bonus points). I must admit I wouldn't suggest captaining him over the other 3 suggested captain options, but if he is your only option, he could prove to be decent. The one thing that's assured is that you will be one of few who captain Lukaku.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- With the plethora of matches this week, I fancy six home clean sheets:

Hull City at home to WBA

Man. City at home to Fulham

Newcastle at home to Crystal Palace

Norwich at home to Sunderland

Arsenal at home to Swansea

Liverpool at home to Sunderland

DGW31 PICKS- Here is my ideal XI for DGW31, including subs: